Wednesday, September 14, 2011

#131 "Lovely Ladies", oil, 24" x 6"


As a child hollyhocks were one of my favorite flowers. They grew in our yard in Portland and I played with the petals and the seed pods. I made lots of things from them but mostly I remember making lovely ladies with gracious skirts out of the petals and necklaces with the seeds. As it happens there is a magnificent stand of hollyhocks just outside Studio 106. This Summer I have gazed at them, photographed them dozens of times, made a few lovely ladies, and now I have painted them. This painting is on a 2" deep cradled board, so the sides are also painted. They just called for a tall skinny painting. I have another started on my easel. The Ray for the Day is "Lovely Ladies".

Monday, September 12, 2011

#130 "The Blind Leading the Blind", acrylic, 16" x 20"


I know. I know. It's been forever since I posted. But I have not been slacking. After all, I moved my studio and my residence in July. That took quite a lot of energy and thought. I have been working though. Both with the acrylics and the oils. This posting is another in the series of acrylic paintings that seem to be reflecting things that are going on in my emotional life. I love doing them, and they always surprise me. I think I'm pretty good at getting feeling into my oils and watercolors. That is, the feeling of the day, the moment or the place. But the acrylics seem to be a direct link to my most inner world. The Ray for the Day is "The Blind Leading the Blind".